A focused, determined Fort Valley State (FVSU) team didn’t want any moral victories, and after the first offensive series, one could tell it would be a long day for the Tuskegee Golden Tigers.
In the Wildcats thorough 26-0 beatdown of the Tuskegee Golden Tigers, it gave the Donald Pittman-led squad its fifth consecutive victory and solidified their hold of second place in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) standings.
FVSU had lost six games in a row to Tuskegee, but the Wildcats’ dominate performance on all sides of the ball helped to propel FVSU to 6 and 1 overall and 5 and 1 in the conference while Tuskegee drops to 5 and 2 with a 4 and 2 conference mark.
Tuskegee had been one of the more dominant teams in the SIAC, but has showed some cracks in the armor and prior to the loss to FVSU, the Golden Tigers’ lone blemish was to SIAC-leading Albany State on September 18th. The Golden Rams had ended Tuskegee’s home winning streak that had lasted since the 2004 season.
FVSU ran the football relentlessly which supported quarterback Eugene Smith’s efficient 21 for 28 performance for 196 yards that garnered a touchdown with no interceptions.
Tony Reid backed up his strong game versus Clark-Atlanta along with Aaron Courtney who both collected 71 yards apiece.
The Wildcats ran the ball 75 times to the Golden Tigers 38, and in total yardage FVSU accumulated nearly 400 yards to an anemic 92 for the losing Tuskegee team.
Defensively, the Wildcats played one of their best games in a very long time.
Tuskegee’s quarterbacks Joshua Harris and Wayne Williams were unable to get anything going as they were overwhelmed as they combined to produce only four completed passes.
Harris’ performance was rather shocking, because he had been one of the more consistent quarterbacks in the SIAC. Recently, Harris was named the Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN) Week 6 National Player of the Week, for his performance in the Golden Tigers 51-0 win over Miles. The senior had completed 15 of 25 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns.
However, in last week’s Tuskegee win over Morehouse, Harris had been dealing with a previously injured toe. The starting quarterback had aggravated the injury in the second quarter against Morehouse.
FVSU’s swarming, relentless defense provided a perfect storm of events that made Harris’ day very tough.
Sometimes the best defense is a good offense, and FVSU ability to run the ball for nearly 200 yards provided a way to keep Tuskegee off the field and a more well-rested FVSU defense was able to continuously pressure and harass Harris into bad decisions.
For the game, Harris succumbed to five Wildcats’ quarterback sacks.
FVSU will travel to Frankfort, Kentucky and face the Kentucky State Thorobreds on Saturday, October 23rd at 1pm.
Tuskegee will travel to Atlanta and play against Clark-Atlanta on Saturday, October 23rd.